The Philippine myth on how the Filipino term for “turnip” came to be is a quite an amusing myth. It symbolizes how the conquered and the conqueror can sometimes unknowingly help each other to resolve an issue. In this case, the myth tells how the native tuber “SIngkamas” was finally christened by Spaniards and Filipinos without knowing it.
Warnings are very important. According to a myth, a timely ounce of warning before danger occurs is a pound of cure that can save even a whole kingdom. A Philippine myth on why roosters have crowns shows the importance of precautionary warnings.
A myth on the gracious and generous Maria Makiling shows her many assistance to the poor. She is said to be generous with doling out gold and jewelry, in addition to personally managing the reforestation of Makiling’s mountain forests, according to this myth.
Hands-on study of a Philippine tale or myth is the best alternative to thoroughly researching and enjoying it. Instead of relying on textbook information, why not go to where it all happened and find out for oneself all about a Philippine tale or myth.
A big part of native hospitality is to accomodate even the opinions of a visitor without resistance. A folklore on how Bataan got its name illustrates how foreign opinion easily influenced local folks in naming their own locality. This folklore reflects how Filipino hospitality can sometimes go overboard.
Though provoked, some people have the discipline and propensity to choose peace than violence. A man from Tabaco, Albay in Legaspi City, according to a folklore, showed this character though faced with a perceived threat. This folklore says, raised up in a culture of bladed weapons, the man still opted for a peaceful resolution of a sensitive situation.
The Philippine myth on how humans came to be is a good example of how necessities become the mother of invention or creation. And also, how incidental things can lead to major events, as lead roles in a theater play depend on the roles of supporting casts. Life, implies this myth, operates in the interaction of minor and major events, minor and major players.
A mother’s undying and boundless love for her child—this is a favorite theme of countless Filipino stories and TV soap operas. Filipino families being closely-knitted together, a Philippine myth on Maria and the Crab would be a best selling hit. It focuses on the unfailing love of a mother for a child, even taking this to spiritual extremes.
Black cats have earned the infamy for carrying bad luck around. A Philippine tale on them is the culprit. The tale begins with a village boy a longtime ago and somehow ends up in common backyards today. There’s a moral in the tale: Black cats will be black cats and boys will be boys.
An idealistic love affair between a couple that fell for each other at first glance. This is a favorite theme in most love stories, and is in fact the essence of a myth on Mayon Volcano. But unfortunately, the sweet love affair turned a bit sour in the end. But the eternal qualities of true love make the myth live even today.